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10 September 2014

Eating in a Rainbow

The other Thursday morning I was lucky enough to be invited last minute by the lovely people at Octane PR and the Rainbow Club to go along to The Art Of Dining's Colour Palette night at The Carousel just off Baker's Street.

I immediately jumped at the opportunity and set to hunting down a DSLR I could borrow for the evening (I had that morning taken my Nikon out of my handbag), luckily I managed to snag my work's beast of an oldie. I also got the opportunity to invite the lovely Miho to come along too, it was great to finally meet!

The room was already bathed in green as I entered, and as I sat down everyone agree that we felt like we were on the set for Wicked.

The first dish up was Quail wrapped in Vine Leaf, Wilted Her Salad and Freekeh.
It was light and delicious, leaving me wanting more!

Next the lights went up to white, leaving us all blinking in its wake. But now we were able to see the beautiful colours of the Rainbow Club shoes that adorned our table too.
Don't the shoes look lovely on the table? I felt slightly like I was in Alice in Wonderland at a Mad Hatter's tea party!
A soup of White Bean and Roasted Garlic Soup with Lardo and Almonds was served in a flurry. I'd never tried almonds in a soup before, but I think it's a trick I need to learn for a homemade recipe!
After the plates were cleared, yellow came next with the most beautiful sunflowers.
And next out was my favourite dish of the evening: Turmeric Marinated Bass, Cumin Chickpeas and Saffron Yoghurt. This dish was wonderful - I've never heard of turmeric being used with fish before, but it really was fantastic. The portion, in my opinion, could've been larger, but seeing as this was part of a six course meal, that could be forgiven!
Then came black; this I was looking forward to, having a sneaking suspicion that they'd turn the lights off... And they did. That unfortunately means no photos of the food! However, I can tell you like everything else it was delicious.
And last, and definitely by no means least came dessert and orange. I was full to the brim, but as soon as it was set down in front of me I knew I wouldn't be able to resist it.
I had a wonderful and unforgettable evening - thank you Rainbow Club and Octane PR so much for inviting me!

The Art of Dining is running for a couple more weeks I think, and if you get the chance to go - jump at it! I can honestly say I've never had more of an interesting meal.

Where is the most interesting meal you've had?

4 September 2014

Nötchokladrutor

Ok, I'm going to level with you right now. This is not a healthy recipe. Not at all. It's more of a 'make every now and then' kind of recipe. But when you try a bite of it, you won't regret making it.

From Notes From of Swedish Kitchen, a gift given by our friends in Sweden, I think the Nötchokladrutor (or Chocolate Nut Squares) are meant to be more of a Christmas time treat. But in my opinion, I'd enjoy these anytime of year.
How could anyone resist these?

Plus they're mega simple to make - even better!

You'll need:
  • 75g Plain Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 100g Butter
  • 165g Caser Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Sugar (although I used vanilla essence-soaked caster)
  • 100g Chopped Hazelnutes
1) Mix the flour and baking powder together.
2) In a separate bowl beat the butter, sugar and egg together until fluffy, and then add the cocoa and vanilla sugar in.
3) Fold in the flour into the egg mixture.
4) Line a 25cm x 35cm time with baking paper and then pour in the mixture.
5) Sprinkle the hazelnuts on top (adding a bit more if you want!).
6) Pop in a preheated oven at 200 degrees centigrade for 15 - 20 mins (keeping an eye!).
7) Enjoy with whipped double cream!

Also very delicious when enjoy with a glass of wine... or two!
Has anyone got a sinful recipe of their own that they can share with me?

31 August 2014

Gettin' firey

As I've said before, I'm not a big fan of spicy food, but in the last year I've really tried to work on training my tastebuds. I like to characterise this by how spicy I can go at Nando's. I'm now at medium!

So if any of you have been reading my blog from the very beginning, you'll remember that I went to the Bennington Lordship Chilli Festival last year. But being the wuss that I am, I didn't exactly try all that I could've done. So this year, I was determined to outdo myself.

Set in the gorgeous grounds of Bennington Lordship Gardens, it lulls you into a false sense of security that somewhere so pretty wouldn't be harbouring things so lethal.
Next came the stalls, and despite the throngs of people I was determined to try out a few different sauces and chillies. 
Afterward singeing our tastebuds we headed over to the food stalls, immediately honing in on the nachos stand.
Next, I knew exactly where I wanted to go; Bunny Chow. I know I had it last year, but it was that good I needed it again. Obviously.
I know I've told you about the guys and Bunny Chow in London with their moving cart in my Carnaby Street Eat post, and this was just. as. good.
And seeing as our tastebuds were still slightly singed, we thought that it'd be best to soothe them with this monster of an ice cream!
All in all, can I say now that I'm a chilli lover? Definitely not, but maybe next time I go for a curry I could ask for a little more spice!

What about you? Can you deal with a little heat in your food?